How Manchester United could line up with Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles as club set to sign PSG goal hero and Porto left-back on transfer deadline day
Donny van de Beek appeared to be Manchester United’s only marquee signing of the summer, but it now appears two more are coming in to complete a double deadline day swoop.
And they can’t come quick enough considering the Tottenham ‘shambles’, as Patrice Evra called it.
United, as talkSPORT understands will complete the signing of attacking left-back Alex Telles from Porto as well as Edinson Cavani, who is also set to sign on Monday.
talkSPORT understands the veteran striker, 33, flew in for his medical on Sunday and will sign a two-year contract to bolster United’s attack.
Cavani, who has scored 341 goals in his incredible club career, has been a free agent since his contract with Paris Saint-Germain ended earlier in the summer.
He made his name at previous club Napoli and also has 50 goals for his native Uruguay to his name.
As mentioned, he adds to United’s already dangerous attack, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and others already among the ranks.
The Cavani transfer is a huge surprise given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems pretty settled on making Rashford, Martial and Greenwood his front three, while back-up options Daniel James and Odion Ighalo can be used in their absence.
The Telles deal is less surprising, however, with pundits all summer long calling for United to add a left-back to compete with Luke Shaw.
England international Shaw is United’s only recognised senior left-back, and adding the Porto ace will ensure Solskjaer has upgraded one of the clear weak spots in his squad.
Plus, Telles is a remarkable attacking force and will benefit United at both ends of the pitch.
Here, talkSPORT.com has looked at how Manchester United could line-up with the two players.
You can check out the Man United line-up, below…
Writing in The Times, talkSPORT co-host Tony Cascarino believes the younger Man United players can learn from the experienced Cavani.
“If I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I would be hoping the Uruguayan turns out to be another Gary McAllister at Liverpool,” he wrote.
“McAllister was 35 when he joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2000 and played an influential role in the development of Steven Gerrard, then only 20. ‘He took a shine to me and helped me a lot to progress as a footballer on the pitch but also how to be humble and be a decent person off it,’ Gerrard said in 2015.
“There is a lot to said about signing an experienced professional. Cavani’s work rate is excellent and Mason Greenwood can learn plenty from training with him.”